by Kevon Browne (updated July 22, 2021; 10:34 a.m.)
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Officials from Her Majesty’s Prison confirmed in a press release yesterday that the 55 inmates and six staff members have fully recovered from the COVID-19 virus.
In June, an outbreak at the prison was reported during the height of community spread during the partial lockdown in St. Kitts and Nevis prompting officials to lockdown Her Majesty’s Prison.
The crisis began with nine cases and then increased to 55 inmates and 15 staff members testing positive for the virus by July.
Officials at the prison have treated those affected, isolated the infected persons and tested all members of the prison population.
Last week on July 14, the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws reported that 44 inmates had recovered from the virus with 11 cases still active.
Between last week and the release shared on July 20, one additional case was recorded in the prison and that case remains active.
Today, health officials confirmed that all 55 infected inmates have registered negative results from two consecutive tests.
“The COVID-19 Outbreak within the prison system is under control… We found a total of 56 inmates have been impacted but 55 have since recovered… We are only monitoring one active case so far. In terms of the prison staff, seventeen staff members have been impacted, eight have recovered and we are just monitoring nine active cases,” explained Dr. Laws during the July 21 National Emergency Operations Center press briefing.
Personnel and inmates are still being encouraged to get vaccinated. To date, according to the prison, just over 70 percent of staff and approximately 50 percent of inmates have been vaccinated.
As a precaution COVID-19 tests were conducted at the Nevis Prison farm. To date, there have been no reported cases at the facility in Nevis.